Selections from J.K. Carriere of the Willamette Valley

Jim Prosser started the J.K. Carriere label in 1999 and in 2009 planted his own dry farmed, organically farmed vineyard on the southeast flank of Parrett Mountain in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.  In addition to Chehalem, he sources fruit from vineyards in Eola-Amity Hills, Dundee Hills, and Yamhill-Carlton.  It’s always exciting to discover a new winery, especially when it’s from Oregon, and we thank Jim for sending his wines our way. The wines are well made and exemplary of the fine Pinot Noir crafted in Willamette Valley.

The Wines

J.K. Carriere 2019 Glass White Pinot Noir Willamette Valley ($25) 91  Salmon pink. Finely scented of cherry, raspberry and citrus. Excellent balance with vibrant acidity and a palate that mimics the nose. focused and linear with flavors that build on a long finish but still light enough to pair with simply prepared white fish dishes. 100% Pinot Noir from the estate and Temperance Hill in Eolay-Amity Hills, whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented using ambient yeast, then barrel aged in used French barriques using techniques similar to those used to make still wines in Champagne a century ago. 13% alc.

J.K. Carriere 2018 Provocateur Pinot Noir Willamette Valley ($28) 90 Medium dark ruby. The bouquet evokes spicy dark cherry and plum with a hint of underbrush; the palate follows suit with dense, ripe flavors and firm, dry tannins. Further bottle age may soften the tannins, but drinkable now, Sourced from three dry-farmed estate vineyards and fermented using ambient yeasts in small lots in open top wood and stainless steel tanks; barrel aged for 17 months in 15% new French oak.   13.5% alc

J.K. Carriere 2017 Vespidae Pinot Noir Willamette Valley ($42) 92  Perfumed aromas of incisive, dark red cherry and berry. Very fine texture in the mouth with lovely dense fruit at the core; ripe and opulent, backed up by moderate acidity and tannins. Lingering aftertaste of concentrated fruit. Sourced from two estate vineyards, fermented using ambient yeast, and matured 17 months in 27% new barrels. 13.75% alc.

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